Rocky Glen Park Sign
Rocky Glen Park, located in Moosic, Pennsylvania, went by many different names during its long history. Most locals refer to it as “Rocky Glen” or “Ghost Town in the Glen”. The park opened in 1886 and closed in 1987.
I spent time at the park while growing up when it featured a ghost town theme complete with daily gun fights. Incidentally, the first time I ever saw Bon Jovi play live was at Rocky Glen just as they were on the cusp of fame—all of the tickets for the performance were free and available through a local radio station as a promotional gimmick.
There isn’t much left to explore at the remains of this once great amusement park. All of the rides have been dismantled and many of the structures have been lost during fires on the property. Basically, the place looks like a parking lot ravaged by weeds.
One interesting chapter in the history of the defunct amusement park occurred when the Hare Krishna’s tried to purchase the grounds so they could erect a “City of God” on the property. Seven hundred residents signed petitions against the proposed sale, halting the entire project.
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